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A Closer Look: The Vital Role of World Refugee Day in Today’s World | Inclusive Plug RE:IMAGINE Episode 4
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A Closer Look: The Vital Role of World Refugee Day in Today’s World | Inclusive Plug RE:IMAGINE Episode 4

World Refugee Day, observed on June 20th, is a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggles and resilience of refugees worldwide. Every year, we see the population of forcibly displaced people around the world rise due to conflict, violence, human rights violations, and climate change, including the regions of the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans where RECONOMY operates.

One of the core functions of World Refugee Day is to raise awareness about the challenges faced by refugees. Personal stories and testimonies illuminate the often-overlooked realities of displacement, breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions. As we listen to these narratives, we gain a deeper understanding of the emotional, physical, and psychological toll that forced migration imposes on individuals and families.

We invite you to listen to such a testimony of our colleague Elene Tkhlashidze, who was an internally displaced person herself during the war of Russia against Georgia in 1992.

Inclusivity is paramount in addressing the needs of refugees. Effective strategies for designing inclusive projects and initiatives involve engaging refugees in the planning process, ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are met. This includes not only providing immediate humanitarian assistance but also developing long-term solutions.

In conclusion, World Refugee Day is more than a commemorative event; it is a call to action. It reminds us of our collective responsibility to support and protect refugees, ensuring they feel welcome and are given the opportunity to rebuild their lives with dignity and hope.

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Nataliia Koshovska

Before joining RECONOMY as a Gender and Social Inclusion Manager, Nataliia, originally from Ukraine, worked within the UN system for 11 years in particular as a staff member of UNFPA and UNICEF in the development and humanitarian contexts. Nataliia is a passionate human rights advocate and focuses professionally on women’s economic empowerment, stereotypes-free education and career choices as well as promotes gender equality and zero tolerance to violence in the corporate sector.


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